Mary Ruth Geer Wilson

Posted by | November 4, 2017 6:51 am

Mary Ruth Geer Wilson, 92, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 2, 2017, at her residence

Mrs. Wilson was born Oct. 15, 1925, in White County, to Robert Dave Geer and Ruth Denton Eldridge Geer.

She was retired from Wagner Electric.

Mrs. Wilson was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, George Sherman “Shag” Wilson.

Survivors include her son, Gary Lee (Linda) Wilson, of Cleveland, Tennessee; grandchildren, Greggory Wilson of Cleveland, Tennessee, Stephanie (Ron) Merritt, of Soddy Daisy; three sisters, Jo (Bill) Jarvis, Ann Price, Dorothy Speck, all of Sparta; one brother, Bob Geer, of Sparta; one sister-in-law, Treva Geer, of Sparta; special friend, Carol Simmons; and … Read More


Veteran exhibit Nov. 6-17 at Cookeville City Hall

Posted by | November 4, 2017 6:37 am

A Cookeville History Museum exhibit that pays tribute to a Cookeville veteran will “pop up” Nov. 6 in the Cookeville City Hall lobby.

“A ‘pop-up exhibit’ is a small exhibit that we put together to pop up in different places throughout the community,” Pam Philpot, exhibit specialist, said.

The first in the series, “Cookeville Veteran: Bennett Travis,” will showcase the life of an Army Air Corps pilot, who was born in 1919 and killed in 1945 in the Philippines during World War II. The exhibit continues through Nov. 17.

“We chose Bennett Travis as our first Cookeville veteran to recognize because his family graciously donated many of his … Read More


Find meaningful holiday gifts at locally owned businesses

Posted by | November 4, 2017 6:32 am

The idea of filling stockings and gift bags with locally made artisan gifts is appealing.  A present that’s one of a kind, made with wholesome ingredients, with the feel or flavor of home is personal and meaningful. But who has time to travel the countryside looking for goat milk soaps, alpaca scarves, artisan cheeses and beeswax balms?

In Tennessee, you don’t have to. Small Business Saturday is Nov. 25 and many such businesses, including independently-owned retail stores, florists, restaurants, and wineries, offer selections straight from Tennessee farms or fellow small businesses. These mom and pop shops are a great place to find a variety of items made close … Read More


Ruth Wilson

Posted by | November 3, 2017 1:53 pm

Ruth Wilson, 92, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 2, 2017, at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Cecil S. Elliott

Posted by | November 3, 2017 1:52 pm

Cecil S. Elliott, 89, of Cookeville and formerly of Sparta, passed away Nov. 2, 2017, peacefully at his home.

Mr. Elliott served in the Army Air Force, 1946-1949, as a sergeant aerial photographer. He was retired from the U.S. Postal Service.

Mr. Elliott was a longtime leader and supporter of the Boy Scouts of America. He enjoyed traveling, camping, and all the beauty of the outdoors, especially the wildlife.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alena Lowery Elliott; a son, Wesley Elliott; parents, J.C. and Mary Belle Elliott; and a sister, Maybelle Brown.

Survivors include his daughters, Sharon Elliott, Gail Elliott, Connie (Lynn) McWhorter, all of … Read More





Basketball trunk-or-treat

Posted by | November 2, 2017 9:59 am

The WCHS girl’ basketball team held its first ever trunk-or-treat on Tuesday afternoon inside the WCHS parking lot. The Warriorettes handed out candy to an estimated 200 kids. (Photo submitted)



WCHS basketball practice begins

Posted by | November 2, 2017 9:33 am

WCHS boys’ basketball coach Eric Mitchell looks on at practice on Tuesday afternoon.

WCHS girls’ basketball coach Michael Dodgen shows the Warriorettes how he wants a drill run.

Monday officially began the start of preseason basketball practice.

The Warriors and the Warriorettes both took the court Monday afternoon for their first official practices of the season.

After one week of official practice, the Warriorettes will head to Murfreesboro for the first official scrimmage at MTCS. The Warriorettes will play at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., on Nov. 4, and the Warriorettes J.V. team will be in action at 9 p.m. on that Saturday. The Warriorettes will then wrap … Read More


The Happening XX is Nov. 11

Posted by | November 2, 2017 9:24 am

How did we get here? So glad you asked!

In January of 1999, a nurse, Ms. Kathy, was administering chemotherapy to her patient and beloved White Co. High School guidance counselor, Sandra Sparkman. As God would have it, Kathy planted the idea for The Happening in Sandra’s heart and mind. With a little planning and a few faithful “armor bearers,” the first Happening event took place a few months later, in April, at the YMCA. The Y was beyond a capacity crowd and filled with high school teens eager to have BIG FUN and learn more about God. After the first year, permission was granted to “happen” at … Read More


Cross country state titles will be on the line this Saturday

Posted by | November 2, 2017 9:04 am

For the first time since 2012, White County High School has a runner competing in the Cross-Country State Meet. For Van Buren High School, this will be the first time as a team that they have ever made it to the state meet.

Evan Welch and the Van Buren High School Boys’ Cross Country team will be competing against the state’s best in the TSSAA State Cross Country meet, on Saturday, at The Steeplechase at Percy Warner Park, in Nashville.

Welch, a freshman, will be making her first-ever trip to the state meet. Welch has been a standout all season long for WCHS. Welch hasn’t finished lower than … Read More


WCMS 8th grade teams sweep Tullahoma East to open season

Posted by | November 2, 2017 8:59 am

Ben Hillis goes up for a lay-up in Monday’s game vs. Tullahoma East. Hillis finished the game with 8 points. (Photo by HANNAH LEFTWICH)

The White County Middle School 8th grade teams opened their season in Central Tennessee Conference play Monday at home against Tullahoma East and netted two wins.

The Warriorettes picked up the 28-23 win, while the Warriors held on late to win by a final score of 41-34.

In the first game of the night, the Warriorettes and East were tied at 6-6 after one quarter of play and were outscored in the second quarter 5-6 and trailed at the half 12-11.

In the third quarter, the Warriorettes outscored East 4-2 and led 15-14 heading into the final quarter of play.

In the fourth quarter, the Warriorettes outscored East … Read More


7th grade teams start season with convincing wins

Posted by | November 2, 2017 8:56 am

Nia Powers goes up for a shot in Monday’s game vs. Tullahoma East. Powers led the Warriorettes in scoring finishing with 15 points. (Photo by HANNAH LEFTWICH)

The White County Middle School 7th grade teams kicked off their season on Monday night, and both teams came away with convincing wins.

The Warriorettes got things going with a 42-9 win in the first game of the night.

In the second game, the Warriors walked away with a 55-13 win. Both teams play two halves, with a 20-minute running clock in both halves.

In the first game of the night, the Warriorettes jumped out to a 21-0 lead at the end of the first half.

In the second half, the Warriorettes outscored Tullahoma East 21-9 to win by a final score of 42-9.

Nia Powers led the … Read More


White County Middle School 6th grade teams move to 3-0

Posted by | November 2, 2017 8:39 am

Rylee Savage drives to the basket in a game earlier this season. Savage finished with 4 points in Friday’s game vs. Upperman.


Caden Mitchell goes up for a shot. Mitchell finished with 8 points in Friday’s game vs. Upperman.

The White County Middle School 6th grade teams moved to 3-0 on the season, on Friday night, when they faced off against the Upperman Middle School teams at White County Middle School.

The Warriorettes got a first quarter lead and then expanded that lead, pulling away with a 38-15 win. The Warriors were also able to build an early lead but had to hold on in the fourth quarter … Read More


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